Class Notes: January 1-December 31, 2011
Christopher J. Caruso and his wife, Anna Benedetto, welcomed the birth of their son, Cooper Jake Caruso, on February 4, 2011. Cooper weighed in at 6 lbs. 12 oz. and measured 20 inches. Big sister Ava is very excited.
Louis J. Dagostine, associate at Ciulla & Donofrio, was named a 2011 Connecticut “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers magazine.
Wendy J. Keenan was named partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in April 2011. She works in the firm’s New York office as claims and monitoring counsel on behalf of international and domestic insurers, handling complex miscellaneous professional liability coverage matters, as well as claims made against corporate fiduciaries, nonprofit organizations, unions and design professionals.
Jason Kurland, partner in the real estate practice group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, was named by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s “40 under 40” rising stars.
Eric S. Shiller opened a new office, Eric S. Shiller Law Office, in Newburgh, NY, in January 2011.
Bram D. Weber, co-founder and partner at Weber Law Group, was honored at the UJA-Federation of New York’s Real Estate & Allied Trades Division Real Estate Executives (REX) Gala on March 24, 2011.
Brad Aronstam announces the opening, in May 2011, of a new law firm: Seitz Ross Aronstam & Mortiz.
George Choriatis was named partner at Rivkin Radler in January 2011. He a member of the firm’s corporate & commercial and health services practice groups.
Thomas M. DeMicco was named partner at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker in April 2011. He is a member of the Product Liability Practice Group in the firm’s White Plains office.
Joady Feiner was honored for his pro bono services to domestic violence victims through the Legal Resource Network at a recognition luncheon hosted by Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence on June 10, 2011, at the Hofstra University Club.
Douglas A. Spencer was named a partner at Guercio & Guercio in January 2011. He is in the firm’s education and municipal law practice, advising school districts in general counsel matters.
Brian A. Bloom joined Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group in January.
Brian Devery and his wife, Stephanie Devery, have their own practice, the Devery Law Group.
Adam Peretz is president of Peretz Family Law & Mediation. The practice focuses on divorce litigation and mediation.
Orit Goldring opened The Goldring Firm, which specializes in labor and employment law.
Desa Calder-Greene, attorney at the Law Offices of Karen C. Dodson, was featured in a story about her admission to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2011 in the November 2011 issue of Asked & Answered, the Travelers staff counsel national quarterly newsletter (see page 8).
Peter Casalino joined Hofstra Law School as prospect research and database manager in January.
Emilia Rakowicz joined Bryan Cave in October 2011 as an associate in the firm’s New York office.
Teresa L. Staples married Scott Reichek on November 11, 2011 (11-11-11), and is living outside Austin, TX.
Jessica Zimmerman joined L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini in August 2011 as an associate in the Attorney Liability Practice Group.
Andrez Carberry, associate at Fox Rothschild, was selected as a New York State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Diversity Fellow for 2011-2012.
Pierre E. Debbas is a founding member of Romer Debbas. The firm specializes in commercial and residential real estate transactions.
Olivia P. Dirig joined the Illinois firm Franks, Gerkin & McKenna in January 2011.
Holly E. Rich joined Littler Mendelson as an associate at the firm’s Philadelphia office. She provides labor and employment counseling and defense services to employers.
Alexis Collentine, an attorney at the Legal Aid Society and a 2006 Child and Family Advocacy Fellow at Hofstra Law, co-presented the seminar “Family Law Education Reform and the Law School Family Law Curriculum” at the 74th Annual Conference of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in New York City on July 24-27, 2011.
Amanda Dickens married Jay Aronow on September 4, 2011.
Corey Fitelson joined Reveille as business affairs coordinator. He works directly for David Kekst, executive vice president, business operations and legal, and with the business affairs department.
C. William Gaylor, an attorney at Morici & Morici, was honored for his pro bono services to domestic violence victims through the Legal Resource Network at a recognition luncheon hosted by Nassau County’s Coalition Against Domestic Violence on June 10, 2011, at the Hofstra University Club.
Dariely Rodriguez joined Farrell Fritz in March 2011 as an associate working in labor an employment. She was previously with Jackson Lewis.
Jason Veny and Dariely Rodriguez ’06 were married on December 31, 2009.
Robert M. Harper, associate at Farrell Fritz, was appointed vice chair of the governmental relations and legislation committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Trust & Estates Law Section.
Jack Piana, assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, married Lisa Anne Giugliano in October 2011.
Lisa Godfrey, assistant district attorney in Ulster County, is engaged to David Bondarenka
Frances Kweller is the founder of Kweller Prep Advanced Tutoring & Educational Services, “a sort of educational ‘incubator’ for smart, ambitious, and busy kids who seek to navigate the ever-so-convoluted college admissions process effectively and efficiently, despite the ‘smog’ of mis-information that surrounds them.”
Laura Daly and Paul Zaragoza ’09 are engaged.
Linc Leder joined Virginia & Ambinder as an associate in June 2011. He works on ERISA cases involving employer benefit contributions.
Vincent White and Jesse Rose formed the White Rose Group, a boutique litigation law firm, in March 2011.
Joshua Wolf, assistant corporation counsel at the New York City Law Department, received a pro bono award at the New York City Bar Association’s Municipal Affairs Awards dinner on June 16, 2011. Chief Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York presented the awards.
Andrea Friedman and Sari Friedman ’80 are working together as a mother-daughter team, concentrating in matrimonial and family law.
Allison Henig joined McCabe, Collins, McGeough & Fowler as an associate. The firm specializes in insurance law, with a broad range of practice areas.
Nana Japaridze is an associate at Gibson & Behman.
Jennifer Karapetian is deputy district attorney in the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office in Santa Maria, CA.
Justin A. Levy is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins.
Sonja Pollack is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins.
Michael S. Ryan joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as an associate in the firm’s intellectual property practice
Annemarie Tackenberg is an associate in the New York office of Latham & Watkins.